Players are being told to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and hot water to keep anyone from getting sick. Pro Bowl left guard Brian Waters missed a second straight practice Thursday as the Chiefs prepared to host Baltimore on Sunday in the first round of the AFC playoffs.
A winning Chiefs season is good news for the bottom line of area businesses, from grocery stores to liquor stores to bars to hotels. But just how many extra dollars will flow into the area’s economy for Sunday’s playoff game is about as difficult to predict as the final score.
“There’s definitely an impact, but the question is the size,” said Frank Lenk, chief economist for the Mid-America Regional Council.
Scouting report: Talk about a soft schedule. The Chiefs beat the Chargers in the season opener. It turned out to be their only victory over a team that finished with a winning record. Indianapolis is the only other winning team they even played. Still, it’s impossible not to be impressed by Kansas City’s turnaround from 4-12 last season. Rookie safety Eric Berry transformed the defense, the running game piled up a league-best 2,627 yards, and, for the first time in years, the passing game looked competent.
One Sunday in early November—Week 9 of the N.F.L. season—I sat in an East Village bar watching my Kansas City Chiefs tussle with their archrival, the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs had started the season with three straight wins, and were now leading the division. By halftime, they were already up by ten. The Chiefs fans in attendance, myself included, were ecstatic. Then, with alarming swiftness, the team crumbled and lost. I turned to the woman seated next to me, also a Chiefs fan, and shook my head. One seat over, her husband looked ill. The couple had dinner plans after the game, but the woman turned to me, sighed, and said, “Dinner will not be pleasant.”
The Chiefs are going up against a quarterback that has looked nothing less than horrendous in almost every playoff that he has played. He has completed one touchdown and six interceptions in his playoff career. You think Cassel gets help from the run game? Flacco actually finished a playoff game in 2009 against New England where he had 34 yards passing, one interception and a 4.8 passer rating. They still won though.